Marielle Macher (she/her) is executive director of the Community Justice Project and has been an attorney with CJP since 2014. Marielle’s litigation docket focuses primarily on workers’ rights, immigrants’ rights, and civil rights cases broadly, though Marielle litigates across practice areas. Marielle has broad experience representing plaintiffs in class action and other major impact litigation in federal and state court, as well as impact cases in administrative tribunals.
Some of Marielle’s representative matters include the following:
Skotch et al. v. Lackawanna County (Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas, 2018-cv-3877): Marielle, along with CJP lawyers Kevin Quisenberry and Don Driscoll, represented taxpayers in a Uniformity Clause challenge to Lackawanna County’s use of a 1968 property tax base year, resulting in a stipulated order requiring a countywide tax reassessment for all properties in Lackawanna County.
Watson et al. v. Prestige Delivery Systems, Inc. (Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, GD-09-15746): Marielle, along with co-counsel, was appointed class counsel in a misclassification wage and hour class action that resulted in a $1.7 million class settlement.
EEOC et al. v. Bisconti Farms, Inc. (U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 18-4166): Marielle represented the charging party/intervenor plaintiff in a sexual harassment discrimination class action brought by the EEOC. The parties ultimately entered into a consent decree, requiring the Defendant to change its policies and practices to prevent future sexual harassment. The case also brought monetary relief to the harassment victims.
Prior to joining CJP, Marielle was a Skadden Fellow at the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs and clerked for the Honorable Thomas I. Vanaskie on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Marielle graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and summa cum laude from Cornell University.
Some recent mentions of Marielle’s work in the news media:
- Norristown, PECO planning to sweep homeless encampment, WHYY, May 25, 2023
- Legal aid groups express concerns over Emergency Rental Assistance Program, Scranton Times-Tribune, April 25, 2022
- Decision on Lackawanna County reassessment expected this month, Scranton Times-Tribune, January 31, 2022
- What you need to know about countywide property reassessment [Ask the Eagle], Reading Eagle, June 14, 2021
- Wake up with WURD, WURD Radio, May 21, 2020
- Wolf says Pa. employees should refuse to go to work if they don’t feel safe, but some fear putting job at risk, The Patriot-News, May 6, 2020